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7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 104 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 81 out of 104
  2. Negative: 19 out of 104
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  1. MTripp
    Oct 9, 2004
    4
    I like sports and Tim McGraw but this movie was hard to watch with the screen moving around "so" much! (Very bad filming) My freshman son even commented he was dizzy after watching the show. Tim McGraw's performance was great for about the 15 minutes you seen him thoughout the movie. He played a part you never would picture him as and did an "awesome" job. (that Dad should have been I like sports and Tim McGraw but this movie was hard to watch with the screen moving around "so" much! (Very bad filming) My freshman son even commented he was dizzy after watching the show. Tim McGraw's performance was great for about the 15 minutes you seen him thoughout the movie. He played a part you never would picture him as and did an "awesome" job. (that Dad should have been put away for the low self est. he gave his son) The threater was about 3/4 full and mostly all teenagers. I didn't like the drinking and sex shown between high school kids. There's enough of that going on that we don't need to promote it any more. Drinking and Drug are killing are kids and distraying family's everyday, we need to show better things for kids to do than that. It's amazing how much can be shown with underage kid acting those parts but on TV you can see alot of sex, drugs, killings and let "Dale Jr" swear on TV and he's fined. I think kids are exploded to worst things than a swear word. This was a high school movie for teen's and sports and I rated it only a 3-4 because of the poor quality of the filming and explosing drinking, sex and volience for among sports teams. The actors all did a good job and I credit them for their performance. Expand
  2. JonG
    Oct 20, 2004
    5
    Boooooriiiiing. How formulaic can a football movie get? Friday Night Lights is the answer. However, I gave 5 points to the fact that the ending is what made it the slightest bit different and rectifies the sense of hope in the characters. This movie could have been better if it focused more on a particular relationship that intrigued me between an abusive father and his son who is trying Boooooriiiiing. How formulaic can a football movie get? Friday Night Lights is the answer. However, I gave 5 points to the fact that the ending is what made it the slightest bit different and rectifies the sense of hope in the characters. This movie could have been better if it focused more on a particular relationship that intrigued me between an abusive father and his son who is trying his hardest. Expand
  3. Jan 17, 2014
    6
    While I know this came first, seeing this in comparison to the TV series is like night and day. On one hand, the TV series is phenomenal. On the other, this is not. The story just feels so abbreviated and hastened. The great part about the TV series was that while it was about football, of course, it was about so much more than that. It was about the characters and their daily lives andWhile I know this came first, seeing this in comparison to the TV series is like night and day. On one hand, the TV series is phenomenal. On the other, this is not. The story just feels so abbreviated and hastened. The great part about the TV series was that while it was about football, of course, it was about so much more than that. It was about the characters and their daily lives and then how everyone would unite on Friday to play football. In the movie, and this is to my point about the abbreviated nature of the movie, a lot of the characterization was missing and it ultimately felt almost impersonal. Sadly, this is why I could not enjoy this one a ton. Now, it was an ok movie and all, but cerainly not as great as I would have hoped. This story is clearly just better suited for television where everything can be explored in greater depth. Expand
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. The film lets you get caught up in the excitement of this religion and the addictive nature of those stadium lights. Berg and cinematographer Tobias Schliessler get up close to the action, catching the hits and miscues in all their violent urgency.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    Friday Night Lights is the "Black Hawk Down" of high school football movies. As exclusively as Ridley Scott's picture was about combat, this film concerns football and nothing but.
  3. 70
    When Friday Night Lights gets to the big games, the time it's spent creates an atmosphere thick with tension, one akin to the real-world experience of watching a favorite team play for its life.